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English for Presentations Marion Grussen-57

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Look at what these people say about the question and answer session.
Which opinion(s) do you agree with?
Person l For me, the question and answer session is the most
difficult part of a presentation. I don't like it at all. You never know
what questions will be asked, so you can't really prepare. I always
feel extremely nervous. The problem is you have to say something
quickly and don't have the time to think of a clever reply.
Person 2 If you ask me, most questions aren't really questions at all. It
seems as if a lot of people ask questions not because they want to get an
answer but because they want to show the other participants how clever
they are or how funny or whatever. I think some people just want to show
off or be the centre of attention.
Person ะท / like the way questions are asked by American audiences.
My experience is that they usually say something positive about a
presentation before they start asking questions. I think that's a very
good thing because the questioner shows some respect for the
presenter and also helps create a more relaxed and friendly
atmosphere during the question period.
Person 4 I think it's important to try and predict all the questions you might
be asked. Before a presentation I always make a list of questions I expect
people to ask. Then I think about possible answers and practise them. Some­
times I even get friends and colleagues to ask me questions. Of course you
can't anticipate all the questions but at least you don't need to worry about
the ones you have thought about. I feel much more comfortable this way.
Person 5 You need to decide when you want to answer questions.
Allowing questions during your talk usually creates a rather informal,
seminar-like atmosphere. You can answer questions directly and involve
the audience. On the other hand, answering questions after the
presentation gives you more control of your structure and timing. If you
want questions after your talk, you can say that your time frame is very
tight or the topic is rather complex.
Do you usually answer questions during or after your talk? Which do you prefer?
What other tips can you think of for preparing for the question period?
How often do you present to an English-speaking audience? How different is it from presenting to an
audience in your own language?